Save Water with a Beautiful Rain Garden
If you want to save on water used in irrigation of your landscaping while creating a beautiful element in your yard, consider creating a rain garden. Every time it rains, much of this precious water is wasted as it runs off your property into storm drains and ditches. A rain garden is a design element that effectively captures this water, allowing it to naturally feed your soil with the water it needs, reducing the need for expensive irrigation.
How a Rain Garden Works
A rain garden is a man-made depression in the ground which is strategically placed to capture rain water. This small pool in the earth is filled with native plants that help filter the water as it slowly drains into the soil, nurturing your yard. To create a rain garden, follow these easy steps, or ask your landscaper to install one for you:
- Find a water source. Your rain garden should be located near an area that has significant water runoff. This could be gutter spouts, the outlet for your sump pump or near a driveway.
- Check your soil. A rain garden should not retain water for long periods or become a pool; it should drain into the ground. Dig a hole about one foot deep and fill it with water, then make sure it drains within a day to test drainage.
- Choose plants for your garden. Your local landscaper or landscape supply store can help you choose plants that will flourish in a rain garden while adding beauty to your yard.
Harvesting rain water through a rain garden is a great way to make use of the water that Mother Nature provides, while saving on watering costs. It is a perfect way to incorporate a green and beautiful feature into your landscaping.
Posted on behalf of:
Cunningham Landscape Group